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Israel tests missile defence system at sea

Updated May 19, 2016 09:27am

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JERUSALEM: Israel has tested a maritime missile interception system dubbed the Iron Dome of the Sea, the military announced on Wednesday.

The system, which the military said can shoot down short-range rockets similar to those fired from Gaza, successfully destroyed “several” missiles, Ariel Shir, head of operational systems in the navy, said.

He said the test, which took place two weeks ago, “proved the Israeli navy’s ability to protect Israel’s strategic assets at sea against short-range ballistic rockets”.

During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, Israel deployed its Iron Dome system on land to shoot down rockets fired across the border.

A similar system has been in development for several years and was revealed to the public on Wednesday.

A video provided by the army showed a rocket launcher installed on a ship firing at targets in the sky and later intercepting a missile.

Published in Dawn, May 19th, 2016

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Comments (17) Closed



Sunil May 19, 2016 09:55am

Israel has to, when Iran is developing ballistic missiles.

John May 19, 2016 09:55am

Good going Israel.

Rajesh May 19, 2016 10:40am

Great Kudos

raja hindustani May 19, 2016 11:51am

Israel Iron Dome is best & most effective defense system (for short range rocket/missiles) in the world. It gave almost foolproof security against incoming rockets from Hamas.

aslam shaikh May 19, 2016 12:15pm

Someone is scared of Homemade Sugar powered rockets, thus they need the latest technology in the World and Billions of dollars to deal with them.

Gokul Gopinath May 19, 2016 12:15pm

Israel is truly a pioneer in r&d.its development is good for india.i pray to good to give it 200% accuracy.long live the jews.

Desi Dimag May 19, 2016 12:22pm

Israel is going to stay firm.

Vaidyanathan May 19, 2016 12:39pm

Can Israel system withstand Pakistan missiles. Can any country develop a system to protect from terrorists.

Light tunnel May 19, 2016 12:43pm

Lets start knowledge transfer to India and then Make in India

Ali jee May 19, 2016 02:17pm

@raja hindustani so if that's true then why Israel is killing civilians in Palestine and saying missile coming from Palestine that's why Israel making this move,,if Israel got this defensive system that no missile capable coming in to Israel then why Israel killing Palestine people

Beyond Border May 19, 2016 02:25pm

Israel is so powerful that even ISIS fears to gives a verbal thread comment. Only a couple of groups rarely gives a pinch but gets flattened by Israel.

In Islamic countries only Iran dares, but for sure they cannot match Israel's technology.

Rohit Singh May 19, 2016 02:37pm

It is well known the Israeli brilliance in Mathematics. Science potential is unlimited, Naturally they will do better in the fields of R & D.

ROHIT PANDEY May 19, 2016 02:42pm

Good show, Israel. Israel trades water for peace with Jordan, as Israel is a water surplus country with desalination plants with cutting-edge technology.

Israel's answer to Hamas rockets is the "Iron Dome" missile defence.

Shows how developing technology can dovetail with political objectives.:)

inqelab zindabad May 19, 2016 02:52pm

@Ali jee Get out and spot a security personnel who has a bullet proof vest and fire on his jacket, u will find our answer..

Abdulla Hussain May 19, 2016 03:51pm

WOW! Sending elephants to fight ants, one home made rocket may cost few hundred whereas each interceptor will cost in thousands, may be more.

aslam shaikh May 19, 2016 08:06pm

Please sell this technology to India so they can sleep at night.

rehan May 20, 2016 02:42pm

Well, it's pretty obvious who is speaking for Indians in the US ; and it's not Indians themselves :)